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Kayla + Dazzle | Rosewood Equestrian | Santa Clarita, California

Kayla + Dazzle | Rosewood Equestrian | Santa Clarita, California

Oh my goodness! There is nothing better than seeing a love for horses blossom. Have you ever seen anything as adorable as this? Sometimes the dress, horse and perfect day all happen at the same time. Kayla’s obvious joy around Dazzle made this session 10xs better.

Julie + Ultimate Aces | Capitol Hills Equestrian | Cameron Park, California

Julie and Ace were so inspiring to work with! They’ve been through so much in their lives together that it’s hard to fit it all into one blog post. Ace is such a fighter for surviving 2 colic surgeries and having 18 feet of his colon removed!

Kayla + Sid & Romeo | Winners Acres | Placerville, California

Kayla + Sid & Romeo | Winners Acres | Placerville, California

Kayla and her two horses, Sid and Romeo, were so great to work with this spring! Who doesn’t love green pastures and beautiful horses?

Rise N’Shine Daydream Believr aka Romeo is Kayla’s heart horse and it shows! They met eight years ago when he was still a stud and not for sale. But two years later he went up for sale and Kayla just had to have him.

To Braid or Not to Braid for your Black Background Session

To Braid or Not to Braid for your Black Background Session

I get asked A TON in the preparation process if braids look better or not. The truth is my answer will always be it is completely a personal preference. I'm going to make sure your horse is captured in a way that makes them look STUNNING and I can do this with or without braids!

Catherine + Peace | Moonstone Riding Academy at the OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center | Costa Mesa, California

Catherine + Peace | Moonstone Riding Academy at the OC Fairgrounds Equestrian Center |  Costa Mesa, California

Catherine + Peace have a relationship very similar to mine and Marco’s. She has had Peace since he was 6 and she was only 12. This year he is turning 24 with Catherine turning the big 3-0! Her mom bought him on a whim and he has been her partner in crime ever since!

Tips for Getting your Horse ready for their Photo Shoot

Tips for Getting your Horse ready for their Photo Shoot

When it comes to preparing for your horse's portraits the amount of preparation is completely up to you, but there are several suggestions because a camera sees everything. I say clean your horse up as if you were walking into the most important class of your life!  

The Most Important Thing To Do With Your Horse Before A Photo Shoot

The Most Important Thing To Do With Your Horse Before A Photo Shoot

There are a lot of steps you are going to need to take to prepare your horse for their photo session. I will tell you that this is THE NUMBER ONE thing you need to do and should be a step you DON’T SKIP!

Sierra, UII, and Hook | Integrity Sport Horses | Fallbrook, CA

Sierra, UII, and Hook | Integrity Sport Horses | Fallbrook, CA

The rain finally decided to let up and not force me to reschedule YET ANOTHER SESSION. Seriously California, I pay enough taxes I shouldn’t have to reschedule 9 shoots in the winter!!!! So on this fine February in Fallbrook, I got to spend a few hours with Sierra and her crew at her barn Integrity Sport Horses.

Sierra also models for Romfh Equestrian Apparel throughout the year because y’know she’s just STUNNING!

Deirdre + Patrick | Elvenstar Orange County | Huntington Beach, California

Deirdre + Patrick | Elvenstar Orange County | Huntington Beach, California

Deirde was set to be elected Orange County Bar Association’s 2019 President and the OC Lawyer Magazine wanted to do a deeper dive on Deirdre life, obmiouly Patrick is a huge part of it! Because of the deadline for the article we had to battle the mud and inability to get poor Patrick out of his stall, so I’m really thankful we were shooting at my home barn! All is good! We shared A TON OF LAUGHS, got some great photos, and made the deadline for the magazine!

Noah + Eazy | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center | Huntington Beach, California

Noah + Eazy | Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center | Huntington Beach, California

When I first left my job and moved to Orange County to pursue my business full-time, Jen was one of the first families to hire me for holiday photos at Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center which I hoped I would be able to call my new “ranch home.” Jen is who guided me to contact Kim, start riding for her at Fohrman Performance Horses and introduced me to practically everyone I now see at the barn every single day!

Paris + Lucas | Los Angeles Equestrian Center | Los Angeles, California

Paris + Lucas | Los Angeles Equestrian Center | Los Angeles, California

This last year I team up with the LA Equestrian Center to do a giveaway for one of the boarders and Paris was the lucky winner! Not gonna lie I WAS SO GLAD SHE DID BECAUSE SHE WAS SUCH AN AMAZING HUMAN! This has nothing to do with the fact that she brought my horse Marco some Cinnamon Pop Tarts after learning they were his favorite treat!

When Paris and her trainer went to look at him, she instantly fell in love!

Emma + Captain | Goldenwest Stables | Huntington Beach, California

Emma + Captain | Goldenwest Stables | Huntington Beach, California

My favorite little model child Emma got to grace my camera again with her new buddy Captain! Emma was one of those girls that really helped kick start my business moving to Orange County after I photographed her and her favorite lesson horse Cruiser.

Cruiser was retired this last year and poor Miss Emma was devastated! Luckily her amazing trainer Kara brought a new American Mustang, Captain, into the program and just like that: Emma had a new best friend!

Susan + Bleu | Horse Spirit Ranch | Bonsall, California

Susan + Bleu | Horse Spirit Ranch | Bonsall, California

Susan contacted me after I had done some black backgrounds at Horse Spirit Ranch earlier that summer. She decided after losing her mare unexpectedly a few years back, that it was time to get in front of the camera so she could have more then just show photos of her horses. The mare was Bleu’s mother, so Susan has had him since before he was born! They met on a lovely evening in March 17 years ago. His mother was maiden so they were very surprised at what she saw on the straw! She said her eyes were so big that she will never forget it!

Randi + Namaste | Rancho Tujunga | Sunland, California

Randi + Namaste | Rancho Tujunga | Sunland, California

Real talk, how many of us these days find our horses on Facebook? Yup, I found my last horse Sawyer in a Facebook group and sold him to his new owner the same way! What a world we live!

So it doesn’t surprise me one bit when clients tell me the same thing! Randi found Namaste while scrolling the site one day and couldn’t resist the sweet face you’re going to see on him! If you’re up for it, comment on this blog where you found your last horse! Was it Facebook?

Merry Christmas from the Christmas Ponies of SSP!

Merry Christmas from the Christmas Ponies of SSP!

There are a million reasons I just LOVE Christmas! The feeling of home, Christmas lights, the cheerful music, and endless amounts of cookies are just a few! But I also get SO EXCITED about the Christmas photos that come with this time of year! Merry Christmas from all the horses that got in the holiday spirit with me this season!

Lauren and Gallon | Russell Ranch | Davis, California

Lauren and Gallon | Russell Ranch | Davis, California

Lauren is literally my favorite human ever. 5 months after my May Northern California trip and getting the chance to photograph her and her boy Gallon, she still jumped on the opportunity to have pictures done!

Gallon has changed a lot and it really made my heart happy to see how far he has come. If you don’t remember, Gallon was a rescue through the CANTER organization that Lauren volunteers at

Tara + Angel | Whispering Creek Equestrian Center | Cupertino, California

Tara + Angel | Whispering Creek Equestrian Center | Cupertino, California

Its always a big confidence booster when a client waits 5 months for you to come back to Northern California and STILL wants to book you to photograph their daughter + her horse! You do a “I’m loved” happy dance!

My Favorite Christmas Black Backgrounds from 2017

My Favorite Christmas Black Backgrounds from 2017

Its that time of year where horse’s turn into fluff balls and Christmas Card photos need to be captured! I don’t know about you but it is a PRIORITY to include my horses in the holiday festivities! I offer Black Background Christmas Mini sessions every year and with dates being released TODAY! I thought I’d share my FAVORITES from last year!

Crazy to see how much my work has changed in 1 years time!

Lauren + Darco | Blenheim EquiSports International | San Juan Capistrano, California

Lauren + Darco | Blenheim EquiSports International | San Juan Capistrano, California

Lauren switched barns to start riding with Hillary Ridland at Blenheim EquiSports International which is where she met her sweet boy Darco. I sometimes feel like I did an injustice to just how cute Darco’s face is! He has the sweetest personality which matches so well with Lauren!

Its always so nice when you get a fellow artist as a client! Lauren photographs for fun and already knows how to OWN IT in front of a camera! By the end of our session, I was like, “Girl, just go do all the model things!"

Christa and Buddy | Shenandoah Valley Ranch | Beaverton, Oregon

Christa and Buddy | Shenandoah Valley Ranch | Beaverton, Oregon

Hey guys, if I decide to pick up and move to the Pacific Northwest, you can blame this session right here. I had been dying to photograph those stunning Oregon backdrops with all the pretty golden hour light and my dream definitely came true with Christa + Buddy’s session!